forty-two wrote:Also, I see no reason why Monaco should be able to run a race without paying Lord Ecclestone when everyone else has to. Of all the places in the world who host F1 races, Monaco can afford it!
Monaco doesn't have to pay anything. It hosted GP races when Bernie wasn't even born! Monaco is an institution, FOM and Bernie are temporary players.
Unfortunately, some of the circuits with similar tradition have fallen under FOM thanks to local politicians like Spa, Monza or Silverstone. Hats off for de Monaco's and how they preserved their dignity.
There are drivers who are paid to drive, and there are drivers who have to pay to drive. Same thing with GP hosts. Everybody wants Monaco, so Monaco doesn't have to pay, but gets paid.